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New Technology Can Help Homeless Suffering With Foot Fungus

“The worst ongoing thing is the fungus that goes on with people’s feet. It eats away and destroys the toenails and just makes it very hard for people to walk,” said Reverend Bob Book, a Christian clergyman at the Church of the Common Ground. He and his wife, Holly, have set to work cleansing the feet of the homeless in Atlanta.

Each week, 35 people come through his clinic to receive a foot soak, apricot pumice scrub, nail trim, menthol ointment massage, air freshener for their shoes, a dry pair of socks, and even insoles.

This sort of charity is taking off at clinics across America in places like Orlando, Boston, and Nashville — and proponents say it’s about more than just preventing the spread of bacterial foot infections: it’s about self-esteem, too.

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America’s homeless suffer from a myriad of health issues — not least of which is foot fungus. Charities are stepping up to help out. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

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Jublia: A New Topical Nail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a notoriously difficult foe. Current treatment options include home remedies, topical therapies, oral medication, and laser treatment – but each nail fungus solution has its own set of caveats. Topical treatments and home cures are notoriously ineffective; oral medication carries the greatest risk of harm to the patient, and laser treatment (not covered by insurance) is expensive. Jublia is a new antifungal option that will hit the market later this year.

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Jublia is a new FDA-approved topical drug to treat toenail fungus — an alternative to Penlac. Image Source: Drugs.com

What Is Jublia?

Jublia® (efinaconazole 10% topical solution) is an FDA-approved topical antifungal developed to treat toenail fungus. The bottle comes with a built-in applicator for easy daily use. Unlike other topical remedies that can be messy and require patients to remove excess product, Jublia dries quickly. It also has an excellent safety profile, without the drug interaction and liver damage concerns of oral medications for toenail fungus. Marketing should begin later this year, according to manufacturer Valeant

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Why It Just Won’t Go Away: Challenges in Treating Skin & Toenail Fungus

No one likes to be infected with any sort of pathogen, but some types are arguably worse than others. For instance, bacterial infections are often cleared up with a week’s worth of antibiotics. On the other hand, fungal infections can persist for months on end, with or without treatment. Some people suffer with toenail fungus or chronic recurrences of athlete’s foot for years! So why are fungal infections so much harder to eradicate? Andrew Y. Finlay, a professor of dermatology, explained the challenges of treating skin and toenail fungus in a review published in the British Medical Journal.

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Pathogenic fungus is often chronic due to the challenges of treating it effectively.
Image Source: Nephron via Wikimedia.org

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Foot Fungus & Other Skin Maladies: Should You DIY?

People will try just about anything to avoid going to the doctor. It’s natural to wonder, “Is taking so many medications really necessary… or are there cheap fixes that are just as effective?” You’ve probably had a neighbor, a relative, or a coworker share a story about an effective home remedy for acne, skin rashes, bee stings, or even foot fungus. The makers of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer have found there are pros and cons to a Do-It-Yourself approach to medicine.

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Home remedies using foods, herbs, and essential oils have been around for centuries.
Image source: Stephanie via Wikimedia.org

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Antifungal Cream: Amazon Consumers’ Top Picks for Treating Foot Fungus

Two names stand out in the world of antifungal foot creams: Lotrimin and Lamisil. Lotramin uses prescription-strength Butenafine to treat athlete’s foot, whereas Lamisil uses prescription-strength terbinafine to treat foot fungus. If you have tried these medications and they did not work for you, there are a few other options that Amazon buyers say have provided favorable results.

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We look at some of the top picks for antifungal creams.
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Prevent Fungus Recurrence: 5 Ways to Sanitize Toenail Clippers

There are many often-overlooked reasons why toenail fungus either comes back or never seems to go away in the first place. If you got it from walking around a hotel shower, a swimming pool deck, or a gym locker room floor, then you obviously know to cover your feet with flip-flops or water shoes. What you may not think of is the fact that fungal spores can live on all kinds of surfaces for months — including metal toenail clippers! So when you cut your fungal nail with your clippers, you can easily transmit the fungi to other toenails or fingernails — and even reinfect yourself — if you don’t properly sanitize your clippers. We’ll give you a few different ways of doing that.

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Did you remember to sanitize these?
Image source: Flickr user Bradley Gordon

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New Shoes, New You: Survey Reveals Connection Between Footwear & Feelings

What do you do with a pair of shoes that has been with you through thick and thin? Your favorite pair of shoes has seen it all — the mud puddles, the morning jogs, the hiking trips, the shopping trips, even the foot fungus. Unfortunately, once fungus strikes, your podiatrist might recommend that you throw out all your shoes and start fresh to avoid the possibility of recontaminating your feet. Or your podiatrist may recommend using the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to remove 99.9% of the fungi and bacteria in your shoes with each 45-minute cycle. For most people, the latter is not only a more economical option, but also a more emotionally gratifying option as well, as a new study reveals the ties between footwear and feelings.

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Thanks to the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer, you don’t have to throw out your favorite heels.
Image Source: Flickr user Jassie Singh

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Time is Ticking: Even Laser Toenail Fungus Removal Can’t Help Procrastinators

Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of sandal lovers with foot fungus more than the warming weather. Soon there will be pool parties, beach outings, and special events requiring open-toe shoes. No one wants to miss out on summer fun because of a little toenail fungus. Thankfully, laser toenail fungus removal is available for people who want an easier way to eradicate the pesky condition. The bad news is that it’s probably too late to whip your feet into shape for this summer’s festivities.

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You mustn’t procrastinate when it comes to toenail fungus removal.
Image Source: Flickr user: Asja

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Is Foot Fungus an Occupational Hazard? Coping with Skin Infections Contracted While on the Job

Most people don’t spend their days pondering the risk of contracting foot fungus the way we do. But anyone who has suffered the uncomfortable malady is always on edge of developing an infection like athlete’s foot or onychomycosis (toenail fungus) again. For some groups of people, foot fungus can actually be considered an “occupational hazard.” With consistent exposure to conditions that promote the development of foot fungus, it is especially important for these demographics to take the necessary steps in making sure their feet are receiving appropriate attention and care.

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When you’re working hard in closed-toe boots all day, you’re at risk for developing foot fungus infections.
Image Source: Alfred T. Palmer via Wikimedia.org

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Foot Hygiene: 3 Reasons Why You Should Never, Ever Cut Your Cuticles

Cutting or pushing down nail cuticles used to be standard practice in nail salons because it provided a more aesthetically pleasing look. A cuticle is the part of the skin tissue at the base of the nail that seals the nail to the skin. Some people have a nervous habit to pick at this area, since these little pieces of skin tend to catch on fabrics, thus calling attention to themselves. However, the practice of trimming cuticles is falling by the wayside as increased awareness about foot hygiene is spreading.

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Do you trim your cuticles? You should consider refraining from this practice.
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